Aussie actress Ruby Rose suits up as ‘Batwoman’ in new CW series

By : Susan Hornik OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Ruby Rose as Batwoman. Photo courtesy the CW.

As the Gotham City crime fighter Kate Kane in “Batwomam,” Ruby Rose’s character is one for the history books, as the first lesbian superhero in a leading television role. It’s been a fast-moving ride to the top for the young Australian actress/model, who caught everyone’s eye back in 2014 when she created “Break Free,” a short film on gender fluidity.

The YouTube video has been viewed more than 51 million times. Rose had no idea the impact it would make on her career.

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Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper developing new ‘Golden Girls’ type comedy for Netflix

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ABOVE: (L-R) Carol Leifer, Cyndi Lauper and Jane Lynch. (from Leifer’s Facebook)

World famous entertainers and LGBTQ community icons Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper are developing a new comedy show which Lynch described as “kind of a ‘Golden Girls’ for today.”

The Netflix half-hour comedy will star Lauper and Lynch as well as two more people who have not been cast yet.

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Watch: teaser for ‘Queer Eye: We’re in Japan’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: “Queer Eye” Fab Five: Tan France, Bobby BerkAntoni PorowskiKaramo Brown and Jonathan Van Ness. (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Queer Eye” will return to Netflix for a four-episode mini-series set in Japan.

The Fab Five “will bring their expertise to Tokyo to make-better four heroes while experiencing Japanese cuisine, fashion, design, grooming and culture firsthand,” according to Netflix.

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‘Grace and Frankie’ to end with its seventh season

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ABOVE: Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. (from Facebook)

Netflix original comedy series “Grace and Frankie” is coming to an end with the release of its seventh season.

The show, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, follows two rivals who become unlikely friends after their husbands fall in love with each over and decide they want to get married.

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Antoni Porowski talks Boursin, avocados, life on ‘Queer Eye’

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ABOVE: Antoni Porowski, photo via Porowski’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | As a kid, “Queer Eye” foodie Antoni Porowski had a love-hate relationship with Polish fare.

It was standard in his Polish Canadian family, but he was a picky eater. He didn’t like caraway seeds. He truly didn’t like beets.

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Watch: trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series ‘The Politician’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Netflix has released the first trailer for Ryan Murphy’s first series for the streaming platform, “The Politician.”

The show follows Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) an ambitious high school student who plans to make his way up the political ladder to the White House. In the meantime, he hopes to win class president. He will stop at nothing to become president including getting rid of problematic running mates and scheming against his rivals.

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Maya Hawke reveals she suggested Robin should be a lesbian in ‘Stranger Things’

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Maya Hawke (Robin) and Joe Keery (Steve) in ‘Stranger Things.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Actress Maya Hawke revealed that her character Robin coming out as a lesbian wasn’t in the original script.

In “Stranger Things” third season, Steve admits that he has feelings for his Scoops Ahoy! co-worker, Robin. Instead of telling Steve she reciprocates his feelings, Robin comes out as a lesbian and shares that she once had a crush on his ex-girlfriend Nancy (Natalia Danielle Dyer).

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‘Rocko’s Modern Life’ reboot will include transgender storyline

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling,” Netflix’s revival of the ’90s cartoon, will include a transgender character.

In the 45-minute special, Rocko and his friends Heffer and Philbert return to Earth 20 years after floating around in space. They land to find that the world around them has drastically changed with updated technology. The gang also discover that their friend Ralph, the child of Mr. and Mrs. Bighead, has become Rachel.

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Netflix cancels ‘The OA’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: “The OA” star Brit Marling, photo via “The OA” Facebook page.

Netflix has canceled its sci-fi series “The OA” after two seasons.

“The OA” stared Brit Marling as Prairie, a blind woman who returns home with her sight restored after being missing for seven years. Prairie now calls herself the OA (Original Angel) and assembles a team of teens to help her find other missing people in other dimensions.

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Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity on children’s TV

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ABOVE: Hulu’s “The Bravest Knight” is the latest children’s program to feature same-sex parents. (Image from YouTube)

NEW YORK (AP) | Wilson Cruz, a co-star in the new Hulu animated children’s series “The Bravest Knight,” describes the show’s dad couple this way: “We’re not explaining homosexuality, or same-gender sexuality. We’re talking about the love of a family.”

His words and those of his fellow Hulu father, T.R. Knight, speak loudly about the state of LGBTQ representation in TV fare for kids, a segment of media that has been broadening story lines over the last several years to include a range of non-binary characters.

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Netflix threatens Straight Pride Parade organizers with legal action over logo

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Netflix has threatened Super Happy Fun America, the organizers of the Straight Pride Parade, with legal action for listing the streaming platform as a “prospective sponsor” of the event.

John Hugo, Mark Sahady and Samson Racioppi are working on having the Straight Pride Parade, an effort to “seek full straight equality,” in Boston on Aug. 31. The City of Boston has granted permission for the event, which will include vehicles and floats, to take place. Openly gay alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos is on board as the parade’s grand marshal.

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‘Fuller House’ star Juan Pablo Di Pace comes out as gay

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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“Fuller House” star Juan Pablo Di Pace has come out as gay.

Di Pace, who hails from Argentina and was raised Catholic, opened up about his sexuality during a Ted Talk at a TedX event. The talk, titled “The Story of Your Life,” was recorded in March and recently uploaded to YouTube.

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